STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
           MEMO SERIES DCFS 98-10
           September 16, 1998

   Re:   INCENTIVES FOR INCREASED
          ADOPTIONS OF CHILDREN IN
          FOSTER CARE

To: Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Licensed Child Placing Agencies
From: Susan N. Dreyfus
Administrator

 Document Summary

 Diligent and prompt reporting of completed adoptions will increase federal incentives to Wisconsin and help other children find a permanent home through adoptions. All adoptions between October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998 shall be reported by October 31, 1998.

The federal Adoption and Safe Families Act provides incentives to states that increase the number of adoptions of children in foster care and adoptions of children with special needs. The incentives are provided only when new adoptions exceed prior levels.

To claim Wisconsin’s incentives, adoption agencies must diligently and promptly report each adoption. The Adoption Services Report (form DSL-22C) is the format for reporting these adoptions. DCFS offices and any county human/social service agency completing a foster parent or stepparent adoption enter the information into the Adoptions Module of the Human Services Reporting System (HSRS) at their offices. Private agencies and DHFS adoptions through the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare will submit the Adoption Services Report on paper to:

                                                 HSRS – SOS DESK
                                                 P. O. Box 7851, Room 518
                                                 Madison, WI 53707-7851

Forms must be mailed or entered on the HSRS Adoptions Module within 30 days following the adoption to assure that Wisconsin claims for incentives accurately reflect the completed adoptions and maximize the incentive funds. Incentive funds received by Wisconsin will be used to further increase adoptions in this state.

The adoption incentives are available annually until 2002, beginning with the federal fiscal year from October 1,1997 through September 30, 1998. This incentive program helps children by encouraging prompt adoptions and is expected to reduce foster care caseloads as children find a permanent family through adoption.

Your cooperation in prompt and thorough reporting of adoptions is necessary to claim these incentives to help the children of Wisconsin.

REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT: Assistant Area Administrators
CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT: Karen Oghalai
Adoption Services Planner
DCFS/BPP
1 West Wilson Street
P. O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
(608) 266-0690

 Attachment

c Adoption Professionals
County Departments of Community Program Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities
   Services Directors
Direct Services Supervisors
Licensing Chiefs
Section Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators Chiefs

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